Local and regional governments are recognised as one of the nine major actors of civil society for the implementation of sustainable development. In close collaboration with citizens and civil society, local and regional governments are responsible for the development and implementation of laws, policies, strategies, standards, programmes and fiscal mechanisms in areas that directly influence the levels of greenhouse gas emissions and deal with the impacts of climate change.
The strengthening of global networks, such as the network of Unified Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), the Climate Group and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, has allowed local and regional governments to enhance their voice in intergovernmental organisations, which would result in an improved ability to speak and be heard during the on-going international negotiations for climate change in the framework of the United Nations, as well as to be allocated a specific role in the new global climate agreement.
The CPMR is closely monitoring the process of the negotiations and intends to develop a series of key actions over the coming months to ensure its strategic involvement on the road to COP21.
These actions will include the preparation of a Position Paper on climate that will be presented at its Political Bureau in June 2015, the strengthening of alliances and participation in joint initiatives with key like-minded actors, liaison with National Governments and with key EU institutions, as well as participation in key events on the road to COP21, such as the World Summit of Territorial Climate Action with Civil Society that will be held on 1-2 July 2015 in Lyon, France.